So we have all been sitting at home for a year. For many of us travel is a high point of our life and especially so for we retirees. MJ and I are discussing travel plans for later in 2021…and hoping for the best. A few years ago we enjoyed visiting Europe and the United Kingdom and did so in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. I assumed that we would be continuing our journeys for sometime to come. A significant pause in plans occurred with our pandemic. In 2011 we visited Tunis, Tunisia just after the Arab spring. It was inspiring to hear our tour guide speak of his love for the United States. We visited a hand woven rug emporium and were served the most lovely tea and sweet cakes. The rugs were exquisitely made. The prices began in the stratosphere but the Tunisians were open to negotiation.
During our visit to the United Kingdom in 2016 I learned that London is not indicative of the whole of the country. You have heard the saying regarding the English landscape, ‘ A green and pleasant land.’ York was one of my favorite stops. We lodged right next to the York Minster. ‘The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the Cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.’ Wikipedia
We miss each other. Human interaction and fellowship is vital to our happiness and fulfillment. Although we have been separated by the necessity of our health and safety, we are going to vanquish Covid19. When we do what a joyful time that will be. The loss of life and the devastation of our experience with the Coronavirus has been an immersive experience of sadness and sorrow. Economic devastation for millions of our brothers and sisters is unprecedented in any of our lives. But, we will come out on the other side of this virulent virus and travel will be one of the human activities that we will engage in once again…but with a renewed love and appreciation for our human family. I have noticed that the pandemic has united us in our social distancing. We are all experiencing the same thing at the same time…and we have learned that there really is no difference in our place at the table… in our home…earth. We all love our family and friends. We all want the best for our children. Human connection is part of the air that we breathe. After the 2020/2021 shared terrible experience….we will rejoice and cry and sing songs of liberation and joy when we can return to normal life that is enhanced by our mutual realization of how important we are to each other.
Our lives are magical and wonderful and tenuous. Our money cannot save us. Our position cannot save us. We really are in this journey together. We are similar to the ‘Leg Lamp’ found in the Holiday Classic movie, ‘A Christmas Story,’ we are FRAGILE!